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On the Lord's day next preceding important to you, as it is to me, for his death, 'a number of young people, you are as mortal as I am, though returning from public worship, made perhaps you are not to die quite so him a visit. He received them with soon as I shall. Whenever you die, attention, and addressed them in the you will need its comforts, as much following manner :

as I do now I beg you to secure “You see, my friends, the situa. these comforts in season. And this tion which I am in. A few days ago, is the season. I was in health like you. By a sud. “ I am faint and weak. I cannot den accident I am confined to my bed, say much to you. I entreat you to reand probably shall soon be laid in my member the little I can say. O my grave. None of you know, how soon friends; I see you now in tears. You you may be in a condition like mine. think, you will follow my advice. I You see in me the necessity of being hope you will. But I fear, you will early prepared for death. I advise soon forget it. You will not always you to think seriously of the uncer- feel as you do now, while you are tainty of life, and to prepare for death looking on my dying body, and hear. immediately. Delay not such a work ing my feeble voice. But that you any longer; no ; not one single hour. may bring my advice to your mind, go You may as well attend to it now, as sometimes to the place, where my hereafter: There can be no advan- body will soon be laid. Perhaps a tage in delay. If ever you begin re. sight of the clods which cover it will ligion, you must bring the matter to remind you of my advice, and awaken a point. You must make it a present your resolution to follow it. Soon business.

your bodies may be laid by mine, “ I particularly advise you to rever. May our souls meet in that world, ence the Sabbath and the house of where is no pain nor death." God. There are some young people

This is the substance of the young who are too vain in their talk on the man's advice to his fellow youths, as Sabbath, and too light and inattentive it was related, the next morning, by in their appearance in the time of wor- his father to the minister of the par, ship. Avoid these evils. They will ish, who visited the family. cause you to mourn at the last, when The father is a respeetable man, your flesh and your body are consum- and has ever appeared a friend to re. ed, and to say, How have we hated ligion; but, on professed scruples, instruction, and our hearts despised had delayed to attend on the Lord's reproof Never use profane language. supper. The minister thought he This is a sin, which young people too might profit by the present occasion often practise. I have sometimes in renewing former advice. He thereheard it with grief. Remember that fore spake to him in the following for every profane, yea, for every idle manner. word you must give an account. “I am grieved in your affliction, Obey and honour your parents, and and am refreshed in your consolation. treat all elderly people with respect; I admire your son's counsel to the ask counsel and instruction from them, young. The concluding part of it that you may grow in wisdom, and in strikes me with peculiar force. He favour with God and men. Read the advised them to visit his grare, that Scriptures, that you may learn the way they might better remember and of salvation and may turn your feet into more deeply feel his dying exhortathat way. Get an acquaintance with tion. This is so similar to the dying yourselves, that you may see your command of Christ, that I cannot need of a Saviour ; and get an ac. forbear to remark to you the similiquaintance with your Saviour, that tnde. The Saviour, when he was on you may trust in him. You must go earth, spent the greatest part of his to him, that you may have life. You ministry in giving good instructions are dependent on the grace of God, to as many as would hear him. When but you must seek, if you hope to ob. the time of his death drew near, his tain it. Seek unto God beţimes, instructions were more frequent and Seek him, while he may be found! affectionate ; and he enforced them by You think religion is important to me, the solemn and impressive circunia because I am soon to die.. It is as stance of his approaching death, He

well knew, that good counsels were a respectful and affectionate remem. easily forgotten. He therefore re- brance of the virtuous dead, especialcommended the frequent remem. ly those, who have filled any public brance of his death, as a mean to im- station, either in church or state. press his words more deeply and in- In the character of the late Mr. delibly on the heart. The place of Shaw, as a minister of Christ, there his burial could not be visited by his were some distinguishing excellendisciples in all ages and in all parts of cies, which ought to be had in everthe world. And if the place could be lasting remembrance by those who visited, his body would not be there, come after him. Among these, may for it was soon to rise. He therefore be mentioned his devotedness to the instituted a particular ordinance to be peculiar duties of his profession ; his the representation and memorial of intimate acquaintance with the holy his death ; and he commanded, that scriptures ; his affectionate concern this should be frequently observed and for the eternal welfare of the people attended in remembrance of him, to of his charge : his 'honest zeal in shew forth his death until his second what he called, to use a favourite coming. The end for which he ap- phrase of his own, “the cause of pointed this ordinance was, that we evangelical truth ;" and the peculiar might remember the words which he fervour and solemnity of his manner, spake, the death which he suffered, both in praying and preaching. This and the benefits which it procured. was such as to be particularly re

“Now, Sir, you certainly think, that marked, and will not easily be foryour son gave his companions good gotten by those, who have heard him. advice, when he recommended their His remarkable readiness to officiate visiting his tomb, that they might re- in the duties of his office, on all pubvive the remembrance, and renew the lic occasions, when a number of his impression of his instructions; and brethren in the ministry were present, you wish they would comply with it. was a feature in his character which And onght not we, much rather, to ought also to be remembered to his regard the dying command of the Sa- honour. Though naturally modest viour, who has required you, and me, and unassuming, it is believed he was and all, to come to the place, where never known to decline public duty he is set forth, as crucified for us, and on such an occasion, without the most there to awaken the recollection of his obvious and satisfactory reasons. instructions, and our resolution to In regard to his devotedness to the obey them? Their attention to your duties of his profession, it was almost son's counsel is expedient; our obedi. literally true, that he gave himself ence to the Saviour's command is in- wholly to these things. He was redispensable.”

markable for visiting his people both The address had a happy effect. in sickness and in health, and besides At the next communion he was pre- his public preaching on the Sabbath, sent, as an interested spectator; and he not unfrequently preached in pri. at the next following, he was present

vate houses in remote parts of his as a devout communicant.

parish, on other days. Of sermons

he had probably written a greater MEMOIRS OF REV. OAKS SĦAW, number than any other minister now

living in New England, if not in the Pastor of the second church in Barnsta- world. So intimate was his acquaintble, who died Feb. 11, 1807, in the

ance with the sacred scriptures, that 71st year of his age, and 47th of his it was scarcely possible for ayy one ministry.

to misquote a passage, in his pres It is not for erring mortals to de, ence, without being immediately cor. cide upon the character and eternal rected by him. His affectionate state of their departed fellow crea. concern for the eternal welfare of the tures. This, no doubt, is often done people of his charge was evidenced with too little consideration. There by "his fondness for seasoning "his are, bowever, cases, in which a re. common conversation with them, with gard to the good of the living, and to religious anecdotes and reflections as the honour of divine grace, requires well as by the remarkable solemnity us to use our endeavours to perpetuate and fervour of his manner, both in his

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devotional and didactic exercises in great doctrines of the cross.... We the pulpit. Here “he spake as a wish you to preach the Deity, the dying man to dying men.

eternal divinity of Him, in whom In his religious sentiments, he was dwellcth all the fulness of the God. strictly and zealously evangelical ; but head bodily,...who is the wonder of at the same time, remarkably catho. angels, the admiration of saints, and lic toward those, who seemed to dif- the astonishment of the powers of fer from him. The evangelical senti- darkness.... We wish you to be full ments of which he was so fond, and and explicit in preaching his great for which he so honestly and earnest- atonement, his perfect mediatorial ly contended, he believed to exist at righteousness, for the justification be. fcast as much in the heart, as in the fore God of all repenting sinners, and head. He had no confidence in tue the power of his Spirit and grace for efficacy of any religious sentiments, their sanctification. however good and true, separate from “ We charge you to inculcate holi. a good life or evangelical holiness. ness of life, as connected with holiness By evangelical sentiments, he meant of heart. We wish you to be full and the plain, simple, unadorned and un. explicit in preaching the doctrines of disguised doctrines of revealed truth, divine sovereignty in the communica, as expressed in the language of the tion of mercy, the absolute necessity Holy Ghost. But what he meant by of regeneration, the victorious power evangelical sentiments and evangeliof grace in the new and heavenly birth, cal preaching may be hest learned his distinguishing love in giving any from his own expressions, in a public repentance unto life, and faith" in charge to one of his younger brethren* Christ, with benevolent affection of in the ministry, on the day of his or- heart and life, as necessary to qualify dination.

for the pure joys and glory of heaven. We charge you," says he,...."be You are, on a gospel foundation, to very solicitous, and let it deeply oc- urge it upou all those, who have procupy your mind, that it be in timh, fessed to believe in God, to be careful the very gospel you preach....not the to maintain good works." novel invented plans of uninspired Such were the ideas which this men, nor

those latitudinarian doc. venerable servant of Christ entertain. trines, which may well enough com- ed of evangelical sentiments and port with a boasted age of reason, and preaching; and such were the senti. correspond to the taste of men totally ments, which he himself uniformly depraved. But preach the good old preached, througlı his long ministerial doctrines of the gospel, the precious doctrines of grace, the doctrines of This charge, which was delivered the reformation ; for it is a matter of with a solemnity and carnestness, notoriety, that when awakenings, which seemed to intimate that he had convictions and conversions prevail, a presentiment of his approaching and a serious sense of religion takes dissolution, and that it would be the place, in any remarkable degree, it is

last he should deliver, should it always under the influence of the escape the ravages of time, will re. peculiar doctrines o grace, which main a pleasing and respectable presuppose men's natural alienation specimen of Christian eloquence, as from God, and enmity against hiin, long as the gospel of Christ shall be and, of consequence, that they are to- loved and respected in the world. tally depraved antecedent to a divine These evangelical doctrines, as he power to renew and sanctify them called them, were his comfort and that they are lost, perishing, and support in his last sickness, in which utterly ruined in themselves.

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he exhibited an edifying example of trust you will be cordial for this, and Christian humility, patience, and re. will not hesitate to hold it forth with signation, to those who had opportuni.. clearness, and with a zeal becoming ty of seeing and conversing with him; the vast moment of the subject. and we doubt not but these doctrines “ We charge and exhort you to be

continued to comfort and support him lively, full and strong, in preaching the while passing through the valley of

the shadow of deatlı, to the heavenly Rev. Mr. Holmes of Dennis. Canaan.

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The writer of this account had the He discovered much, affectionate satisfaction of several pleasing inter- concern respecting the people of his views with him during his declining charge, and the resettlement of a gosstate, both before and after he was pel minister among them. He was, confined to his house.

however, remarkably cheerful and In my first visit to him after he was pleasant. confined to his chamber, which to me Before morning prayers, he desired was one of the most pleasant and me to read the 23d and the 147th edifying I ever ma le him, I thought Psalms, a part of the latter of which, I discovered more of the amiable be considered as predicting the fumeekness, humble dignity and per. ture prosperity of the church, in the fect resignation of the Christian than contemplation of which, be observed, I had ever before discovered in him. he had derived great consolation, It appeared to me that if any state on during his declining state. this side heaven can be truly enviable, A little before I took my leave, it is that of an humble. Christian, among several other questions, which gently taking his departure out of I proposed, as thinking it very doubt. time into eternity; who, as he out- ful whether I should ever see him wardly decays and grows weaker and again in this world, I asked him, Weaker, is inwardly renewed and supposing we were to confine our grows stronger and stronger; preaching principally to one point, whom as outward prospects darken, what that point should be, He im. the prospect of a brighter world be- mediately replied, “ to impenitent yond the grave grows clearer. This sinners, we must preach their totally appeared to be remarkably the case lost and ruined condition by nature, or with this precious man. This inter- the fall, (I forget which) and the utter view, the impression of which, I trust, "impossibility of their ever being saved, will never be erased from my mind, except by the free grace of God in forcibly brought to my recollection Christ." Thus did this venerable those lines in Dr. Young.

minister of Christ, who watched for

souls as one that must give account, “The chamber where the good bear his dying testimony to the truth man meets his fate,

and importance of those doctrines, Is privileg'd beyond the common which he had preached through life. walk

The words of dying men are suppos. of virtuous life, quite on the verge ed to possess peculiar weight, and to of heaven,” &c.

deserve peculiar consideration. May

these words of a dying Christian, and When I asked him how he did, he a Christian minister, be so regarded, replied, with one of the most expres. by all who shall read them. sive smiles, I ever observed on his Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. countenance, “I am a poor creature Feb. 19, 1807 sinking under the decays of nature, but I am not without comforts. I have many things to be thankful for yet. The celebrated MALLET, author I am now depending on that founda. of many celebrated works on the An. tion which I have always been en- tiquities of Northern Europe, lately deavouring to establish in my preach, died at Geneva, in the 77th year of ing, the mercy of God in Christ, and his age. He was the author of the which I believe to be the only founda. history of Denmark down to the close tion, on which any one can stand with of the 18th century. safety. I do not profess to have at- An history of Hesse down to the tained to full assurance, but I have 17th century. such a hope as raises me above all dis.

An history of the House of Bruns. tressing fears of death. I am habitual. wick, from its accession to the throne ly looking for the mercy of our Lord of England. Jesus Christ unto eternal life. If there An history of Switzerland. is any thing more for me to do, I am An history of the Hanseatic willing to stay and do it in my poor League. way, but if not, if I know my own His Northern Antiquities, which heart, I am entirely resigned to go." we believe to be the only part of bis

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MALLET.

works translated into English, pro. Asiatic antiquities from the same duced a great revolution in literary causes, a little more interest, and to opinions, about 30 years ago. That compensate science in some measure work is now very scarce in English, for the afflictions of those wars which but the revolutions of the north prom- are the cause of that interest. ise to give northern antiquities, like

Poetry.

THB VIOLET.

Down in a green and shady bed
A modest violet

grew,
Its stalk was bent, it hung its head

As if to hide from view.
And yet it was a lovely flow'r,

Its colours bright and fair ;
It might have grac'd a rosy bow'r,

Instead of hiding there.

Yet there it was content to bloom,

In modest tints array'd ;
And there it spread a sweet perfume,

Within the silent shade.
Then let me to the valley go,

This pretty Aow'r to see ;
That I may also learn to grow
In sweet humility.

[Original Poems for infant minde.

TO CORRESPONDENTS.

The apprehensions of Philologos are probably removed, and his wishes fulfilled, by the appearance of his 10th Number.

The admission of Candidus, in reply to our remarks on his strictures upon the Extract from Sennebier, relative to Calvin's treatment of Servetus, would Decessarily lead into too wide a field of discussion, on a subject, neither very intelligible nor useful to a large portion of our readers. We repeat our high respect for this learned correspondent; and we presume he will readily perceive, that a learned, critical, and laboured examination of a transaction, not in itself of great importance, and of which different contemporary authors of respectability have given different views, does not comport with the design of our work. We had intended to publish the life of Calvin soon after the conclusion of that of Luther; but a wish to obtain some information not in our possession, has hitherto delayed the publication. We shall now wait to receive the sketches of the lives of Calvin and Servetus, promised by Candidus ; when these are in our possession, he shall not have reason to complain that we are partial or unjust to the character or conduct of either. A proper opportunity will offer, in the life of Calvin, to introduce all that is necessary to exhibit in its true light the transaction in question.

We have received Mr. Webster's remarks on the eclectic review of his Dictionary; and though they will fill a greater number of our pages, than we would wish ordinarily to devote to such subjects, we shall readily comply with his request, when the Number of the review, to which he refers, is re. ceived.

Leighton will accept our thanks for his valuable communications.

w. is informed that we shall speedily enter on the review of the American edition of Ree's Cyclopedia. We think with him, that the cause of religion as well, as of literature requires this at our hands.

Qur biographical correspondents are reminded of their engagements.

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